Located just east of the bustling Blue Diamond Road and west of the often-jammed Eastern Avenue sits a far quieter intersection: Windmill Lane and Bermuda Road. Surrounded by residential communities, these cross streets offer the amenities most busy people—whether a family or single—are grateful to find in one location without the jammed parking lots and lines. Here the pace is a little slower, creating opportunities for restaurants to cater to the entire family, including the littlest members, and to get to know their customers’ names. Sure, a to-go order might take a little while longer, but that’s time well spent getting to know the proprietors. It’s not quite Slow Food, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Since 1982, everyone has been on the lookout for a bar “where everyone knows your name.” Bounty Hunter is one of those places. The bartenders—Tony, Twila, Mark and Candy—know their customers’ names and drinks like they know their own, but they’re not the only ones. Walking into the joint is like arriving at a big house party. Everyone knows one other, and they are enjoying the relaxed environment, stiff cocktails, smoky atmosphere and the smell of fried food. The attached kitchen offers dishes such as wings, pizza, Philly steaks and an array of other options, all of which usually sound divine after a few drinks. And the karaoke on Thursday nights and live music on Saturday nights keeps the party entertained till the wee hours. 415 E. Windmill Lane, 837-0800.
China a Go Go
This 11th Las Vegas location opened nearly three months ago, and it’s as busy as the others. Offering fresh ingredients and made-to-order meals, the Chinese cuisine is flavorful, satisfying and arrives quickly, making it perfect for lunch or a quick dinner after a busy day. The Mongolian beef, General Tso’s chicken and orange chicken are predictably the most popular dishes, but the menu also offers Healthy Delight options, including Chinese eggplant with tofu, a Personal Dinner plate from $9.25-$10.25 depending on the choice of meat, and Family Dinner combinations from $24-$27. Not to miss here is the crab Rangoon. 505 E. Windmill Lane, Suite D, 733-8887.
Mama Cimino’s Pizzeria
This little joint is the epitome of the American dream. Artur Poghosyan—true, not your traditional Italian name—came to America from Armenia, and went to work in a pizzeria. He became friends with the management and immersed himself in the pizza-making trade, perfecting the process, mastering the recipes and, eventually, felt confident enough to open a pizzeria of his own. Because of the small dining space and the fact that Mama Cimino’s specialty is the Chicago deep-dish pie that takes 25-30 minutes to reach perfection, most of the restaurant’s customers take advantage of its 24/7 takeout or delivery options. 580 E. Windmill Lane, Suite 110, 248-6262.
Miko’s Izakaya Sushi & Tapanese
From the traditional home-cooked cuisine to the family-friendly dishes on its menu, this authentic Japanese restaurant is all about the kazoku (family). With dishes such as kampachi—a low-mercury fish that has been found safe for pregnant women—and the child’s plate, which includes soup, salad and chicken teriyaki for $7.50, families enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of this restaurant. But Miko’s caters to singles and the 21-plus crowds as well. The restaurant now offers a happy hour menu from 4-7 p.m. Even if you arrive at the last minute, those happy-hour drink prices are honored until you leave. Try one of the ramen dishes and sashimi served with natural wasabi—soy sauce is unnecessary with such bold, fresh flavors. 500 E. Windmill Lane, Suite 165, 823-2779, MikoSushiLasVegas.com.
Burgers are anything but ordinary here. Take, for instance, the latest Chinese-inspired addition to the menu: Mr. Ho’s Burger, which combines Angus beef and pork topped with Lup Cheong sautéed mushrooms, green onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, hoisin mayo and mizuna (Asian mustard green) on a sweet Taro bun. Bachi Burger’s menu is full of Asian-inspired burgers, steamed sandwiches and salads, as well as more mainstream items such as fries and milkshakes. But mostly, this is a place for the adventurous eater. Kiki’s Burger, an Asian take on the bacon cheeseburger, is a good starter item, but the Ronin Burger, with its Japanese cole slaw, fried egg and traditional miso goma dressing, packs a flavorful punch. 470 E. Windmill Lane, Suite 100, 242-2244, BachiBurger.com.